I have suggested this idea before, but have not really fleshed it out. This thread is here to ratify that.
What do I mean by biculturalism? Simply put, in NI, you have both an Irish and British cultural presence. Any reason why both cannot exist together? After all, both communities have the ability to speak English, and they both share the province together. One should be able to engage in Gaelic Sports and apprciare the Irish language without diminising their Britishness, and vice versa.
Whether NI remains a part of the UK or in a UI, that reality should be recognised. NI has a rich cultural heritage all should be able to appriciate, even from a distance. This thread was set up to dicuss how to make biculturalism a reality in NI.
My own ideas? Here's a handful:
1) Irish language education and resources should be universally accessable to all.
2) No playground, bridge or any other public building, facility or structure should be named after any members of combatant groups during the troubles, nor be decorated with the exclusive symbols of just one side of the NI community.
3) If flags need to be flown on administrive or other public buildings in NI(unless it's a purely UK administrive building), they either need to represent both sections of the NI community, or (preferably) just one flag commonly accepted by all.
4) All overtly political aspects of sporting organisations in NI need to be dismantled and Gaelic sports should be accessable to the Unionist community.
5) Intergrated schooling should be encouraged, but in the meantime, Catholic and Protestant Schools(with participating schools from the ROI/Britain if possible) should organise outings together.
Any other ideas?